This course intends to introduce the students to the UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights as one of the most significant instruments of the International Human Rights Law specifically in relation with the field of bioethics. Approved by acclamation in 2005, 193 of the UN system declared 15 universal ethical principles to be considered in medicine, life science and associated technologies. This Declaration has important ethical, legal, political and social implications that would be recalled and described during this monographic course. In addition, the course will offer students the possibility of using tools and developing skills to apply the UNESCO Declaration, to analyze its principles and to evaluate them in comparison with personalist bioethics and Social Teaching of the Church.
1. Bioethics and Human Rights2. UNESCO and Global Bioethics3. Scope and Aims of the UNESCO Declaration in Bioethics and Human Rights4. 15 International and Universal Principles5. Protecting individual interests6. Safegarding Cultural and Religious Diversity. Comunities, social issues and the environment matters7. Interpretation and application of the UNESCO Declaration